Tickle – September 3, 2019

“First KIDS” Ministry…Family Movie Night!
This Saturday, September 7th, at 6:00pm
in the MAC! Everyone is welcome!
There will be popcorn, drinks, fun, and
you may meet some new friends! Eat our snacks or bring your own. Chairs, blankets, pillows are all welcome too. Come get comfortable and join us for
the Disney-Pixar movie… “UP”

“Circle of Love”Bake Sale This Coming Sunday!
Before and after all three services. We might even have some of our famous Chocolate Chip pies for sale. All proceeds will benefit our Firewood Ministry. Come ready to take something home!

Join Us! Wednesday…”FirstFAMILY” Nights!
5:00pm - Fellowship Supper
6:00pm - Age-group Activities

“FirstKIDS” FUNdamentals (grades 1-5) Meets in the “FUNdamentals room (lower level of the Children’s wing). Led by Emily Stafford, Director of Children’s Ministries.
FirstYOUTH” (grades 6-12) Bible Study and Mission Activities. Meets in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Led by Jennifer DLM, Director of Youth Ministries.
“Adult Studies”
Next Sunday’s Sermon Preview & Discussion Led by Pastor Don Landen. Meets in room M-3/5 (lower level).
“FirstMOMS” Fellowship Meets in the gym. Moms are invited to join an informal time of “table talk” sharing and fellowship while their children attend our Wednesday “FUNdamentals” program. Group is facilitated by Katie Mashburn.

FirstFAMILY” Night Supper Menu
September 4th:
Chicken ‘n dumplings, vegetable, fruit salad,
rolls and cookies.

“FirstYOUTH” is back in full-swing and following the Wednesday Night Dinner Schedule; if there is dinner from 5-6 pm, there is Youth From 6-       Attention FirstYOUTH… Need some extra spending money? Setup and breakdown help is needed for our OASIS program on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Guys or girls… if you are dependable and have enough muscles to set up / take down tables and chairs we need you. Call Stan Wallace at the church office at 706-745-2073. We start this week!

Help Needed!! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!

Annex (treasures) and Clothing (gently used) collection dates…
Fridays, September 13, 20, & 27

A Manhunt (or Womanhunt) is on… for the person who brought the “Sweet - Hot Banana Pepper Mustard” for our Country Store last year. We would love to know who you are. Please call Stan at the church office.

Weekday Bible Studies!
Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC).
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th... and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra. Mark your calendar!

Servants Needed!
Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…

Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop at the MAC Welcome Desk from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!
We are missing a 10 ft. step ladder from the MAC. If you have borrowed it would you please return it. If you know where it might be call Stan at the church 706-745-2073.
There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.

At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.

Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Sep 22 Young Harris College Sunday
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Oct 23 “Overflow” concert in the MAC
Nov 7 Young at Heart Day Trip to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our Church staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery
Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung issues, sepsis
Eva Breedlove - Back Issues
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
Kevin Garland - Young Harris music intern at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for brain bleed
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Camille Higginbotham - recently released from the hospital
George Houdeshel - general health
Miki Johnson - recovery after knee surgery
Rod Johnson - shoulder issues
Greg Lane - in ICU at UGH
Don Murphy - bypass surgery this week
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Carol Rogers - recovering at home

 

Tickle – August 27, 2019

What’s UP at First Methodist

Blessings all! I’m am so excited for all the great things happening at First Methodist. Here are a few of the big and new things that are coming UP this week.

Join us tomorrow night for Wednesday night supper beginning at 5 pm. If you can’t quite make it at 5, show UP when you can. After the meal, there will be gatherings around the church for kids, youth, and adults.

One of those groups is just starting UP and is for moms of our kids and youth. Katie Mashburn is heading this UP and invites you to join her in the MAC after supper tomorrow night at 6 pm.

Also, our children’s ministry invites everyone to Family Movie Night next Saturday, September 7, at 6 pm in the MAC. I’m not sure if licensing allows me to name the movie, but I do hope you will show UP. I know we will. Popcorn and drinks will be available, and you are welcome to bring your supper. Also, blankets, pillows, couch cushions, and camp chairs are welcome and encouraged. Hope to see you there!

Grace and peace.
Don

Wednesday Night Supper: Pork tenderloin, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, roll and dessert.

We are forming an additional team to help cook and serve on Wednesday nights. This new team will serve once a month if not less. To complete this team, we also need 2 dishwashers…no experience necessary. This is a fun and rewarding job. Contact Lisa Wilson for details. 706 379 2997

DO NOT MISS OUT !!
Saturday, September 7th
in the MAC
beginning at 6:00 pm

Weekday Bible Studies!

Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). Church Morgan is leading us through a study of 2 Corrinthians. All FUMC men are invited to come and bring a friend.
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th… and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra… We live in a world full of bad news. The media recounts stories of natural disasters, violence, and conflict. In the midst of all this heartbreak, we can’t lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news. We call it the gospel. In this six-week study of the Book of Romans, we will be highlighting the good news about faith, grace, daily life, God’s plan, relationships, and eternity. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us. Mark your calendar!

SERVANTS NEEDED!
Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @ 239-821-0178.

OASIS Fall Registration
Has Begun!

OASIS Dates to Note…

September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

Beginning Sunday, August 4th, the Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop will make its Sunday location at the MAC Welcome Desk and be open from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!

There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.

Church Cookbooks Have Been Ordered… Those still wishing to preorder cookbooks should see Barb Hahn or Eileen Nichols. Cost is $10.00 per cookbook. Preordered cookbooks will be available sometime in September. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.

We are missing a 10 ft. step ladder from the MAC. If you have borrowed it would you please return it. If you know where it might be call Stan at the church 706-745-2073.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!

CORRECTION!!! This past Sunday’s bulletin insert had the Annex and Clothing collection dates correct, September 13, 20, & 27th … What was incorrect is those days are Fridays not Saturdays! Sorry for the mistake.

Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Sep 22 Young Harris College Sunday
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Oct 23 “Overflow” concert in the MAC
Nov 7 Young at Heart Autumn Day Trip

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
All in hospice care
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery
Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung issues, sepsis
Eva Breedlove - Back Issues
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Two cheerleaders - injuries
Joan Chiras- hip surgery, recovering at home
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
Kevin Garland - Young Harris music intern at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for brain bleed
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
Bill Gleasure’s Family - at his passing
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Kathy Heyer - recovering
George Houdeshel - general health
Ed Johnson - stroke
Miki Johnson - recovery after knee surgery
Rod Johnson - shoulder issues
Bill Kolb - recovering from shoulder surgery
Greg Lane - in rehab at Chatuge Nursing Home
Carol Mercer - was able to come to church Sunday
Don Murphy - bypass surgery this week
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Carol Rogers - recovering at home
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Kelly Schuknecht’s new great- granddaughter - premature
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Janice Smith - recovering at home after surgery
J L Tanner - recovery from shoulder surgery
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Carole and Norm Thompson - general health
Manon Thompson - doing well
Adam Totherow - recovery from surgery
Evelyn Ueltzen’s sister-in-law Heidi Ueltzen- endometrial cancer
John Vogely - home ( Florida) after heart surgery
Carol Warren – chronic back issues.
Sharon Willits - general health
Glen Womack - recovering at home from open heart surgery

Tickle – August 20, 2019

Do’s and Don’ts

I hope you are having a great week, and I wanted to share a few do’s and don’ts with you for the rest of the week.

Do join us for the Wednesday night supper picnic tomorrow at 5 pm as we officially kick off the fall schedule at First Methodist. If you can’t quite make it at 5 pm, do join us for supper anyway. I hear the kids are having water wars at 6 and am sure the youth will be up to their usual holy mischief as well.

Do wear your team colors to worship this Sunday.

Finally, don’t respond to any emails you may receive that appear to be from me requesting that you buy gift cards or make any other monetary transaction. These are not from me. But do let Evelyn in the church office know.

See you tomorrow.
Don

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Phil and Kathy Cook 525 Owen Glen Overlook, Blairsville
Jack and Ann Smith 122 Raburn Road, Blairsville

Tomorrow night kicks off our Wednesday Night Suppers. Ro and the Robinettes are preparing chicken fingers, mac ‘n cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. You are asked to bring in the desserts to share. Meal kicks off at 5 pm in the MAC.

We are forming an additional team to help cook and serve on Wednesday nights. This new team will serve once a month if not less. To complete this team, we also need 2 dishwashers…no experience necessary. This is a fun and rewarding job. Contact Lisa Wilson for details. 706 379 2997

Youth Ministry Name Tag Fundraiser!

Whew! The first batch of magnetic First UMC of Union County name tags has been ordered and will arrive in 6 to 9 business days! We will post when they will be distributed.

WATCH FOR CROSSWALK !
The parking spots along the curb are still useable, however; just pull up to the first yellow line.The children may then walk in the crosswalk. PLEASE DO NOT park inside the crosswalk. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Weekday Bible Studies!

Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). Church Morgan is leading us through a study of 2 Corrinthians. All FUMC men are invited to come and bring a friend.
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th... and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra… We live in a world full of bad news. The media recounts stories of natural disasters, violence, and conflict. In the midst of all this heartbreak, we can’t lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news. We call it the gospel. In this six-week study of the Book of Romans, we will be highlighting the good news about faith, grace, daily life, God’s plan, relationships, and eternity. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us. Mark your calendar!

SERVANTS NEEDED!
Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…

Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @ 239-821-0178.

OASIS Fall Registration Has Begun!     OASIS Dates to Note…

September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

“Young At Heart” Autumn Day Trip Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Thursday, November 7th

Departing from Bryson City, this four hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro, NC and back to the Bryson City depot. Pass by the infamous movie set of The Fugitive. This trip includes an hour-and-a-half layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than fifty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country Inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City. Cost is $50.00 per person plus $ for lunch on your own in Dillsboro. Cost includes transportation and train ticket. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 4:00pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office.

Beginning Sunday, August 4th, the Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop will make its Sunday location at the MAC Welcome Desk and be open from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!

There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.

Church Cookbooks Have Been Ordered… Those still wishing to preorder cookbooks should see Barb Hahn or Eileen Nichols. Cost is $10.00 per cookbook. Preordered cookbooks will be available sometime in September. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.

We are missing a 10 ft. step ladder from the MAC. If you have borrowed it would you please return it. If you know where it might be call Stan at the church 706-745-2073.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Sep 22 Young Harris College Sunday
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Oct 23 “Overflow” concert in the MAC
Nov 7 Young at Heart Autumn Day Trip

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
All in hospice care
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery
Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung issues, sepsis
Eva Breedlove - Back Issues
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Joan Chiras- hip surgery, recovering at home
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
Kevin Garland - Young Harris music intern at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for brain bleed
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
Bill Gleasure’s Family - at his passing
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Kathy Heyer - recovering
George Houdeshel - general health
Janice Jarrard - second eye surgery

August 13, 2019

08-13-2019 FUMC Tuesday Tickle

Kickoffs!

Many of us cannot wait for the kickoff of football season whether it be high school, college, or pro. So, in anticipation and just for fun I’m inviting you to wear your team colors to worship on Sunday, August 25. I imagine it will be a sea of red and black, white and gold, various shades of orange, and other colors, though I do wonder who will have the most representatives. Invite a friend to worship with us on team spirit day and we’ll find out.

Also, don’t forget our Wednesday night activities kick off next Wednesday, August 21, as well. We will have a “picnic” supper of chicken fingers, baked beans, cole slaw, and mac and cheese beginning at 5 pm. You are invited to bring a dessert to share. Following the meal, programs and ministries for kids, youth, and adults begin around 6 pm. If you can’t quite make it at 5 pm, join us for supper anyway. We’ll save a plate for you. I hope to see you there.

Retired Clergy: Wesley Woods of Blairsville is seeking a retired North Georgia Conference pastor to serve as chaplain to their vibrant, active residents. When people face challenges in their senior years, an on-site chaplain provides care and comfort critical to their journey. The position would be approximately 20 hours a week, with flexibility of schedule to accommodate grandchildren and travel. Please contact Rev. Karen Kagiyama, O. Wayne Rollins Director of Pastoral Care, at karen.kagiyama@wesleywoods.org or 678-234-4977 for more information.

Go Dawgs,
Don

CEC preschool Parent Night is this Thursday, 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. First school day is Monday, 19th.
EVERYONE, please be on alert as you drive into the parking lot for little beings.

Youth Ministry
Name Tag Fundraiser!

Tired of sticking a pin through your silk dress or putting a crinkle in your suit lapel by clasping on a name tag? Members of firstYOUTH will be at every worship service on Sunday prepared to take your order for one of our Magnetic Church Name Tags! These tags are $10 each. Look for a member of firstYOUTH to place your order!

We have TWO new crosswalks to help protect our little ones while crossing through the parking lot to get to the playground. The first crosswalk goes between the top stairs out from the sanctuary across the upper parking lot. If you see the children crossing, please come to a complete stop until they have all passed.

The second one is less obvious but is just as important. It runs perpendicular to the parking spots against the pavement to the playground sidewalk. These parking spots are still useable but do NOT pull up to the curb. Please leave the marked space empty so the children may walk in the crosswalk. NOTE how the car on the left is parked INTO the crosswalk. DO NOT park in the crosswalk. There is plenty of space for you to park outside of the crosswalk.

Weekday Bible Studies!

Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). Church Morgan is leading us through a study of 2 Corrinthians. All FUMC men are invited to come and bring a friend.
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th… and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra… We live in a world full of bad news. The media recounts stories of natural disasters, violence, and conflict. In the midst of all this heartbreak, we can’t lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news. We call it the gospel. In this six-week study of the Book of Romans, we will be highlighting the good news about faith, grace, daily life, God’s plan, relationships, and eternity. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us. Mark your calendar!

SERVANTS NEEDED!
Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…

Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @ 239-821-0178.

OASIS Fall Registration Has Begun!

OASIS Dates to Note…

September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

“Young At Heart” Autumn Day Trip
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Thursday, November 7th

Departing from Bryson City, this four hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro, NC and back to the Bryson City depot. Pass by the infamous movie set of The Fugitive. This trip includes an hour-and-a-half layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than fifty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country Inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City. Cost is $50.00 per person plus $ for lunch on your own in Dillsboro. Cost includes transportation and train ticket. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 4:00pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office. Space is limited!

Beginning Sunday, August 4th, the Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop will make its Sunday location at the MAC Welcome Desk and be open from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!

There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.

Church Cookbooks Have Been Ordered… and will be available sometime in mid September. Cost is $10.00. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

At the MAC!
Regular Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.

Missions at the MAC! In the MAC lobby there are several opportunities for you to give to local missions. Currently they are…
The Hope House meeting local needs!
The Food Bank meeting local food needs!
The Women’s Enrichment Center” A list of their needs is attached to the box.

We are missing a 10 ft. step ladder from the MAC. If you have borrowed it would you please return it. If you know where it might be call Stan at the church 706-745-2073.

Congratulations to “Church Without Walls” as this summer marks their 80th anniversary.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 21 Wednesday Fellowship Picnic & Age Group Bible Study
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Nov 7 Young At Heart Autumn Day Trip

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
All in hospice care
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery
Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung

August 6, 2019 – Tickle

It Has Begun

It’s just the first week of August and already things are ramping up for the fall. School started today, and our fall session of ministry at First Methodist has begun as well. Yesterday, Table of Grace served the community and the Men’s Bible Study gathered. It won’t be long before other Bible studies, OASIS, Wednesday night, and so many other things will be in full swing.

With so many coming and going on campus, be on the lookout for others. Be on the lookout for God. As we will hear this Sunday, Christ comes to us again and again. And we often find him in others. See you Sunday,
Pastor Don

Morning Glory Circle will meet tomorrow at their regular day and time, 10:00 am in the lower level of the MAC. All ladies are invited to come.

Our District Connectional group Great Night of Music is this Sunday night, August 11th at 6:00 pm at Sharp UMC in Young Harris. All are invited to come hear a great variety of worship music. Don’t miss this special night of fellowship with our other area Methodist churches. Come ready to do some singing too!

GIRL SCOUT ENROLLMENT FOR 2019-2020
SCHOOL INSURANCE HELPS WITH FEES

Calling all girls K-12 to join the movin’ and shakin’ girls from Towns and Union counties for the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Year.

The ice cream social recruitment will be on August 13th at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Enrollment is a mere $25.00 and if you have Amerigroup, Peachstate, WellCARE, OR Care Source, a portion (or all) or the enrollment is taken care of. Additionally, you can receive a voucher towards the uniform. PLEASE DO NOT LET THE COST BE A DETERRENT. The girls participate in fundraiser throughout the year so that their efforts support their program. All you need to do is get them to their meetings.For more information please contact senior scout leader Janice at 706.745.1854 or service unit leader Frances at 706.781.9723.

YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 9th 6:00pm
In the Fellowship Hall
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Join us and bring a friend!

OASIS Fall Registration Has Begun!      Other OASIS Dates to Note!

Aug 22 Fall Session Instructor & Volunteer Luncheon
Sep 5 Fall Session Begins
Oct 10 No Class Session
Oct 31 Fall Session Concludes

Beginning Sunday, August 4th, the Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop will make its Sunday location at the MAC Welcome Desk and be open from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!

Weekday Bible Studies Beginning!

Men’s Bible Study Begins Today!… and will meet on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). This Fall, after a review of last Spring’s study of First Corinthians, Rev. Church Morgan will be leading us through a study of 2 Corrinthians. All FUMC men are invited to come and bring a friend.
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th… and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra… We live in a world full of bad news. The media recounts stories of natural disasters, violence, and conflict. In the midst of all this heartbreak, we can’t lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news. We call it the gospel. In this six-week study of the Book of Romans, we will be highlighting the good news about faith, grace, daily life, God’s plan, relationships, and eternity. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us. Mark your calendar!

Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @
239-821-0178.

At the MAC!
Regular Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm
Resume on Monday, August 12th

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:30pm and on Thursdays from 8:30am - 11:30am …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started in the game and equipment is provided.

Missions at the MAC! In the MAC lobby there are several opportunities for you to give to local missions. Currently they are…

The Hope House meeting local needs!
The Food Bank meeting local food needs!
The Women’s Enrichment Center” A list of their needs is attached to the box.

CORRECTION TO NEWSLETTER: The Morning Glory Circle will meet tomorrow, August 7th at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC.

SERVANTS NEEDED! Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…
Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”.
Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! Cookbooks have been ordered and will be available sometime in mid September. Cost is $10.00. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 11 Connectional “Great Night of Music” at Sharp Memorial
Aug 21 Wednesday Fellowship Picnic & Age Group Bible
Studies Return
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
All in hospice care
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
Glen Boland’s Family - at his passing
Eva Breedlove - Back Issues
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Dwayne Caminger - recovery from surgery
Joan Chiras- hip surgery, recovering at home
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
Jerry Crubaugh’s Family - at his passing
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Susan Forrester’s sister-in-law Ann Forrester- Is cancer free!!
Jackie and Lamar Franklin’s daughter-in-law Sherry - recovering at mother’s home
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
Bill Gleasure’s Family - at his passing
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill)
Kathy Heyer - recovering
George Houdeshel - general health
Janice Jarrard - second eye surgery
Homer Jinks - successful eye surgery

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